Lionsgate Acquires Feature Film Rights to LIFE AFTER LIFE

Lionsgate has announced it has acquired the rights to LIFE AFTER LIFE. Check out the official press release below.

9780316176484_custom-471ca800e5fe1258f2d4059059b24d8c1d95a7ba-s2-c85New York Times Best Selling book LIFE AFTER LIFE by Kate Atkinson is slated to hit the big screens. Below is the official press release sent to us by Lionsgate.




  • ·         Lionsgate has acquired the feature film rights to Life After Life, the New York Times bestseller and critically celebrated novel by Kate Atkinson. Semi Chellas and Esta Spalding will adapt the book into a screenplay. The project will be produced by Temple Hill Entertainment, where Creative Executive Jaclyn Huntling championed the pitch for the novel.


  • ·         What would you do differently if you could live your life over again?  When Ursula Todd discovers she has the extraordinary ability to start her life from scratch, she finds that even the smallest of choices can have the biggest of impacts.  Set against the backdrop of the Second World War, renowned author Kate Atkinson explores the challenges and triumphs of one woman’s many lives as she learns to love, to lose, and ultimately to live a life free from regret.


  • ·         Published in April 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books, an imprint of Little, Brown, Life After Life is a New York Times bestseller and has been named to both Oprah and Martha Stewart’s Summer Reading Lists. The novel is Amazon’s Editors #1 Pick of 2013 So Far and has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013. Atkinson’s book has garnered rave reviews from the New York TimesLos Angeles Times and USA Today among others, while Entertainment Weekly praised the novel with an “A” rating.


  • ·         Chellas’ previous writing credits include Lionsgate’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning TV show “Mad Men.” Spalding’s recent writing credits include TV show “The Bridge.”


  • ·         Erik Feig, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s President of Production, Gillian Bohrer, Lionsgate’s EVP of Production, and James Myers, Creative Executive at Lionsgate, will oversee the project for the studio. Robert Melnik, Lionsgate’s Executive Vice President of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.


  • ·         Atkinson is represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in London. Chellas and Spalding are represented by UTA and by Lesley Harrison in Canada. Spalding is also represented by Jerry Kalajian at IPG, and Chellas is also represented by attorney Ken Richman.


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